Stars Edge the Blues in shootout, 5-4

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Modano helped the Stars to secure a win; a win that early on in the game looked as though would come no problem. Paul Kariya and the Blues had a different plan.

It was the first meeting between the Blues and Stars this season. Last season, Blues had won 3 of 4. The Blues were looking to end their 2-game shutout streak and try to get a win under their belt. The ice was questionable last night, there having been a Dallas Mavericks game earlier in the day. The AAC crew were able to convert from basketball court to ice in a record breaking one hour and twenty minutes.

Paul Kariya took a penalty about 6 minutes into the game. The Stars were unable to convert, but didn’t give up; 5 seconds after the power play ended, Niklas Hagman got the puck in the net with the help of Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern. Finn on Finn crime as Razor put it. It quickly became 2-0 less than a minute later with a little luck; Stu Barnes was attempting to pass across the ice, only to have it bounce off Keith Tkachuk‘s skate into the net. Ten minutes into the period, Antti Miettinen got a breakaway, only to have it stopped by Hannu Toivenen; more Finn on Finn crime. About 3 minutes later, the Stars became scrambling in their own zone and St Louis took advantage. David Perron got a goal (from Keith Tkachuk and Lee Stempniak) past Mike Smith. At the end of the first, we all got a scare when Robidas appeared to be in a lot of pain.

Luckily, Robidas returned for the second period looking as good as usual. Jussi Jokinen, however was nowhere to be seen; he left in the first with a lower-body injury. Despite 5 penalties in the second (2 on Dallas, 3 on St Louis), both penalty kills were awesome, not letting one goal in the second. One interesting thing during the second, was Razor joking that maybe our rink is a little short than 200 feet; mostly because in the last game Halpern slide almost head first into the board and a Blues player did the same thing this game. “That’s how you turn a doberman into a pug,” he said. Which made me laugh, being the proud owner of a Pug.

Four minutes into the 3rd Mike Modano made it 3-1, with help from Jeff Halpern. But just a little over a minute later, Paul Kariya started what would be a great third period for him, scoring unassisted to give the Stars a 1 goal lead. He got the puck past Smitty again just 5 minutes later, tying the game with assists from Brad Boyes and Keith Tkachuk. Ribeiro gave the Stars another lead 4 minutes later, with help from linemate Brenden Morrow and D-man Stéphane Robidas. It looked like the Stars were going to be able to pull out the win. But with 2 minutes left, Matt Niskanen took a roughing penalty and Perron took a slashing penalty. Blues pulled their goalie, and it was 5 on 4 for the rest of the period. It looked like the Stars were going to be able to hold off Kariya, but with 11 seconds left in the period, he scored again to give him the hat trick, and tie the game at 4. Stempniak took the assist on it.

Overtime was full of chances, but no one able to convert. So the best shootout team in the league took to it again.

  • Mike Ribeiro is up first with no luck
  • Brad Boyes first for the Blues, which Smitty had an answer for
  • Sergei Zubov was unable to get the puck in the net
  • Paul Kariya tries but Smitty makes a fantastic stop
  • Mike Modano gets the only goal, a beauty
  • Lee Stempniak tries but hits the post

Stars took the win, despite Paul Kariya. Now don’t get me wrong, I am actually a Paul Kariya fan (he is my favorite non-Stars player) but not when he’s playing us. I’m sure my neighbors could hear my cries of “DON’T LET KARIYA HAVE THE PUCK!”

The Three Stars of the night were:

  1. Paul Kariya – 10th career hat trick
  2. Mike Ribeiro – 1 goal, 5 game point streak
  3. Jeff Halpern – 2 assists

Stars take on the Nashville Predators tomorrow night, New Years Eve. I will be in attendence, thanks to Caitlin at Hockey Coma. So everyone have a save New Year!

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